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Clean Harbors Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2007

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Company Meets Revenue and EBITDA Guidance; Double-Digit Revenue

Growth Driven by Site Services and Teris Acquisition

NORWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2007--Clean Harbors, Inc. ("Clean Harbors") (NASDAQ: CLHB), the leading provider of environmental and hazardous waste management services throughout North America, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007.

For the first quarter of 2007, Clean Harbors reported an 11 percent increase in revenue to $205.0 million from $184.5 million reported in the first quarter of 2006. Income from operations was $10.7 million compared to $15.0 million in the first quarter of 2006, a 29 percent decline. Net income attributable to common stockholders rose 25 percent to $3.4 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2007 from $2.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the same period of 2006. The Company's provision for income taxes was $4.0 million for the first quarter of 2007, resulting in an effective tax rate of 53 percent. The provision for income taxes included $1.2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, related to the Company's adoption of Financial Accounting Interpration No. 48 ("FIN 48") "Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes" in the first quarter of 2007. Net income for the first quarter of 2006 included a charge of $8.3 million resulting from the early extinguishment of debt.

EBITDA (see description below) was $22.1 million in the first quarter of 2007 compared with $24.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2006. EBITDA for the first quarter of 2007 benefited from an approximate $1.9 million environmental credit that was offset by $1.5 million in severance expenses and $350,000 in costs related to a fire at a Clean Harbors' facility in Thorold, Ontario in February 2007. EBITDA for the quarter also was affected by the absence of large emergency response projects and seasonality.

Comments on the First Quarter

"Clean Harbors delivered the strongest first-quarter revenues in our history as we once again generated double digit sales growth," said Alan S. McKim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our results reflect the diversity of our business as contributions from our expanding Site Services segment, as well as from the Teris acquisition, drove our top-line performance. Our revenue growth is even more impressive in light of some softness in our landfill volumes and scheduled maintenance shutdowns at six of our incinerators that greatly reduced our capacity utilization in the quarter. Also, there was limited emergency response work in the quarter compared with $13 million in the first quarter of 2006 related to the Gulf coast clean-up efforts."

"Looking at our bottom-line performance, there were a number of variables that affected our results this quarter," McKim said. "Based on the decreased contributions from incinerators, landfills and emergency response, our product mix was skewed toward more lower margin business than in the comparable period in 2006. We also incurred severance payments related to a strategic realignment of the company where we reduced our overhead across our organization by 125 employees. Higher professional fees for accounting and tax consulting services, to comply with new accounting pronouncements, specifically FIN 48, also contributed to our lower margin in the quarter."

Non-GAAP First-Quarter Results

Clean Harbors reports EBITDA results, which are non-GAAP financial measures, as a complement to results provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and believes that such information provides additional useful information to investors since the Company's loan covenants are based upon levels of EBITDA achieved. The Company defines EBITDA in accordance with its existing credit agreement, as described in the following reconciliation showing the differences between reported net income and EBITDA for the first quarter of 2007 and 2006 (in thousands):

                                                For the three months
                                                March 31,   March 31,
                                                  2007        2006
                                               ----------- -----------

Net income                                         $3,501      $2,805
Accretion of environmental liabilities              2,474       2,510
Depreciation and amortization                       8,938       7,279
Loss on early extinguishment of debt                   --       8,290
Interest expense, net                               3,184       3,173
Provision for income taxes                          3,974         695
Other (income) expense                                 (6)         30
                                               ----------- -----------
EBITDA                                            $22,065     $24,782
                                               =========== ===========

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

"A combination of positive market trends and company initiatives reinforces our outlook for the remainder of this year," said McKim. "We are confident that we can grow EBITDA faster than revenues. We remain committed to our ongoing cost reduction initiatives and we are confident that the leverage that is inherent in our business model will enable us to increase our EBITDA margin in the coming quarters."

"At the same time, a rebound from this quarter's seasonally slow period should boost revenues, increase incineration utilization and ultimately, raise operating margins," said McKim. "In recent weeks, we have bid and won several large projects, which should enhance our performance, particularly in the second half of 2007. Also, price increases we implemented this quarter will help support our profitability growth in the coming quarters."

"Regarding the status of the Teris integration, we are on plan and expect to see improved margins by the third quarter of this year," McKim concluded.

Based on its first-quarter results and current market conditions, the Company expects revenue in the range of $225 million to $230 million for the second quarter of 2007. The Company expects to generate EBITDA for the second quarter of 2007 in the range of $33 million to $36 million. Clean Harbors also reiterated its guidance for the full year 2007. The Company expects to increase annual revenues by 8 percent to 9 percent, and achieve annual EBITDA growth in the range of 12 percent to 13 percent.

Conference Call Information

Clean Harbors will conduct a conference call for investors to discuss the information contained in this news release today at 9:00 a.m. (ET). On the call, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Alan S. McKim and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer James M. Rutledge will discuss Clean Harbors' financial results, business outlook and growth strategy.

Investors who wish to listen to the first-quarter webcast should visit the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at The live conference call also can be accessed by dialing (877) 407-5790 or (201) 689-8328 prior to the start of the call. If you are unable to listen to the live call, the webcast will be archived on the Company's website.

About Clean Harbors, Inc.

Clean Harbors, Inc. is North America's leading provider of environmental and hazardous waste management services. With an unmatched infrastructure of 49 waste management facilities, including nine landfills, six incineration locations and six wastewater treatment centers, the Company provides essential services to over 45,000 customers, including more than 325 Fortune 500 companies, thousands of smaller private entities and numerous federal, state and local governmental agencies. Headquartered in Norwell, Massachusetts, Clean Harbors has more than 100 locations strategically positioned throughout North America in 36 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit

Safe Harbor Statement

Any statements contained herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "plans to," "estimates," "projects," or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements other than through its various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Furthermore, all financial information in this press release is based on preliminary data and is subject to the final closing of the Company's books and records.

A variety of factors beyond the control of the Company may affect the Company's performance, including, but not limited to:

    --  The Company's ability to successfully integrate Teris'
        operations and assets into its existing network of services
        and disposal facilities;

    --  The Company's ability to manage the significant environmental
        liabilities that it assumed in connection with the CSD and
        Teris acquisitions;

    --  The availability and costs of liability insurance and
        financial assurance required by governmental entities relating
        to our facilities;

    --  The effects of general economic conditions in the United
        States, Canada and other territories and countries where the
        Company does business;

    --  The effect of economic forces and competition in specific
        marketplaces where the Company competes;

    --  The possible impact of new regulations or laws pertaining to
        all activities of the Company's operations;

    --  The outcome of litigation or threatened litigation or
        regulatory actions;

    --  The effect of commodity pricing on overall revenues and

    --  Possible fluctuations in quarterly or annual results or
        adverse impacts on the Company's results caused by the
        adoption of new accounting standards or interpretations or
        regulatory rules and regulations;

    --  The effect of weather conditions or other aspects of the
        forces of nature on field or facility operations;

    --  The effects of industry trends in the environmental services
        and waste handling marketplace; and

    --  The effects of conditions in the financial services industry
        on the availability of capital and financing.

Any of the above factors and numerous others not listed nor foreseen may adversely impact the Company's financial performance. Additional information on the potential factors that could affect the Company's actual results of operations is included in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which may be viewed on the Investor portal of the Company's Web Page at

               (in thousands except per share amounts)

                                                     For the three
                                                      months ended:
                                                   March 31, March 31,
                                                     2007      2006
                                                   --------- ---------

 Revenues                                          $205,024  $184,495
 Cost of revenues                                   151,604   131,358
 Selling, general and administrative expenses        31,355    28,355
 Accretion of environmental liabilities               2,474     2,510
 Depreciation and amortization                        8,938     7,279
                                                   --------- ---------
 Income from operations                              10,653    14,993
 Other income (expense)                                   6       (30)
 Loss on early extinguishment of debt                    --    (8,290)
 Interest expense, net                               (3,184)   (3,173)
                                                   --------- ---------
 Income before provision for income taxes             7,475     3,500
 Provision for income taxes (1)                       3,974       695
                                                   --------- ---------
 Net income                                           3,501     2,805
 Redemption of Series C Preferred Stock, dividends
  on Series B and C Preferred Stocks and
accretion on Series C Preferred Stock                    69        69
                                                   --------- ---------
 Net income attributable to common stockholders      $3,432    $2,736
                                                   ========= =========
 Earnings per share:
        Basic income attributable to common
         stockholders                                 $0.17     $0.14
                                                   ========= =========
        Diluted income attributable to common
         stockholders                                 $0.17     $0.14
                                                   ========= =========

 Weighted average common shares outstanding          19,750    19,390
                                                   ========= =========
 Weighted average common shares outstanding plus
  potentially dilutive common shares                 20,637    20,509
                                                   ========= =========

(1) Provision for income taxes for Q1 2007 and Q1 2006 includes $1,234 and $238, respectively, for expenses associated with uncertain tax positions.

                            (in thousands)

                                               March 31,  December 31,
                                                 2007        2006
                                              ----------- ------------
Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                  $57,948      $73,550
      Marketable securities                       11,117       10,240
      Accounts receivable, net                   160,780      169,581
      Unbilled accounts receivable                15,364       16,078
      Deferred costs                               6,899        7,140
      Prepaid expenses                            10,219        9,301
      Supplies inventories                        20,742       20,101
      Deferred tax assets                          9,281        9,238
      Income tax receivable                          151          150
      Properties held for sale                     7,327        7,440
                                              ----------- ------------
         Total current assets                    299,828      322,819
                                              ----------- ------------

Property, plant and equipment, net               240,727      244,126
                                              ----------- ------------

Other assets:
      Deferred financing costs                     7,182        7,206
      Goodwill                                    21,667       19,032
      Permits and other intangibles, net          65,967       65,743
      Investment in joint venture                     --        2,208
      Deferred tax assets                         11,464        6,388
      Other                                        3,781        3,286
                                              ----------- ------------
                                                 110,061      103,863
                                              ----------- ------------
         Total assets                           $650,616     $670,808
                                              =========== ============
                            (in thousands)
                                               March 31,  December 31,
                                                 2007        2006
                                              ----------- ------------
 Current liabilities:
      Uncashed checks                             $6,919      $11,083
      Current portion of capital lease
       obligations                                 1,193        1,391
      Accounts payable                            69,722       81,432
      Accrued disposal costs                       2,888        3,058
      Deferred revenue                            28,779       29,409
      Other accrued expenses                      42,569       53,941
      Current portion of closure, post-closure
       and remedial liabilities                   12,418       13,707
      Income taxes payable                         2,092        4,333
                                              ----------- ------------
              Total current liabilities          166,580      198,354
                                              ----------- ------------
 Other liabilities:
      Closure and post-closure liabilities,
       less current portion                       24,526       23,520
      Remedial liabilities, less current
       portion                                   136,219      136,173
      Long-term obligations, less current
       maturities                                120,549      120,522
      Capital lease obligations, less current
       portion                                     2,657        2,648
      Other long-term liabilities                 57,673       15,609
      Accrued pension cost                           755          796
                                              ----------- ------------
              Total other liabilities            342,379      299,268
                                              ----------- ------------
              Total stockholders' equity, net    141,657      173,186
                                              ----------- ------------
              Total liabilities and
               stockholders' equity             $650,616     $670,808
                                              =========== ============

    CONTACT: Clean Harbors, Inc.
             James M. Rutledge, 781-792-5100
             Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
             Bill Geary, 781-792-5130
             Executive Vice President and General Counsel
             Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc.
             Jim Buckley, 617-542-5300
             Executive Vice President

    SOURCE: Clean Harbors, Inc.

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